Have I learned nothing?

Last week I gave a presentation on how to set goals for struggling students. That presentation involved the use of a certain, popular Microsoft presentation software. The picture above is a slide I actually used with my colleagues. Today I showed it to a friend of mine whose responses included, “Wordy,” and “Lacking clear structure,” although my favorite was “Your definitions are just examples and they’re jammed right in there, aren’t they?” I am planning on giving the same presentation again to a different group of teachers in a weeks’ time. Clearly, something has to change.


The purpose of this slide was to review the different ways we can measure students’ growth. This is a slide designed to remind and jog memory after having previously covred different ways of measuring progress with definitions. After she looked at it for around 2 minutes and delivered her all-too-honest assessment, I turned my laptop away and asked my friend what the slide was about. She looked at me as though I were a fool and said, “Well I didn’t read your title because it was just, like, a lot of words at the top.” Clearly what David JP Phillips was talking about Working Memory in his TEDX presentation, How to avoid death By PowerPoint, is all too true.


So I turned myself to face me

I tried to apply some of the principles from What is good Presentation design? Presentation Zen. I think my finished result is much better than before.

I tried my best to simplify and streamline all that I was trying to convey before. I am yet to receive feedback but I feel as though my ego can handle the assuradly tough love my friend likes to give. I am still finding it difficult to analyse my own work and apply all of the design principles. I find myself staring for far too long at a single images and thinking, “Does this work?” The first tip in 10 tips for Improving Your Presentations Today Presentation Zen is to turn off the computer and sketch an idea. This may be a good starting place in the future, trying to have a clear idea of what I want the final product to look like before starting.


One Reply to “Ch-Ch-Ch-Changes”

  1. Hi Simon!
    Good on you for taking feedback from colleagues so openly. Not always easy, and the temptation to ‘explain oneself’ is often irresistible. I like the changes you began to make, and it’s clear to me that no one can deliver these slides but you — YOU are the presentation. I think that’s a good thing. I just wrote my post on this topic, and because I chose a classroom slide deck (as opposed to one presented to colleagues), our opinions diverge a bit. Care to come by and take a look?



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